Ascension Church

Visitors from Kenya

Fr. Joseph Maluki Mwongela

Br. Kenneth Wanzala Okinda

Two representatives from the Diocese of Kitui, Kenya, will visit Ascension from Sept. 25 through Sept 30.Kitui is a partner of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis through the Archiocesan Mission Office. A delegation of 10 is visiting for two weeks, and Ascension is one of five parishes hosting them.


Our Parish Host Committee, which includes Kate O’Connell, Grace Enwesi, Pedro Ochoa Sr., Andrea Ochoa, Anne Attea and Melina and Severo Garcia, have scheduled a number of events to which parishioners and school families are invited.


This is a great opportunity for the Ascension Community to both share with and learn from our Kenyan visitors.


Here is a schedule of events:


Friday, Sept. 25

4 -6 p.m. Welcoming picnic at Fort Snelling State Park, shelter A (Open to all Ascension families)


Saturday, Sept 26

3:30 p.m. Mass at Ascension

4:30 p.m. Reception dinner and cultural event at parish with the Older and Wiser Supper Club community and anyone (of any age) who wishes to attend (Please call the office 612 529-9684 to RSVP)


Sunday, Sept. 27


9:30 a.m. English mass at Ascension

10:45 Introduction to English Faith-Sharing group; visit Spanish RE program
11:30 Spanish mass


Tuesday, Sept. 29


Morning Ascension School visits to classrooms


Wednesday, Sept 30


8 a.m. Visitation Monastery for mass and hospitality afterward



Sunday, Oct. 4


11:30 a.m. mass at Mary, Mother of the Church in Burnsville to close the entire delegation’s visit, with a fiesta afterward.